Blast from the past.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by colly, 13 Jan 2018.

  1. colly

    colly Re member eR

    Sometime before Christmas Mrs Colly discovered at the bottom of a box full of junk and old audio tape. Reel to reel.
    The recording was of a school production of The Mikado. Kneller Girls High Scool. Twickenham.
    Having no way to listen to the tape she took it to a local place to have it transfered to a disc. Tranfered to a disc and also iron out some of the scratchyness and improve the quality.
    Lots of her old friends were in the production and Mrs Colly, having always been an outgoing sort, played Katisha. An elderly lady. (The Daughter in Law Elect)

    The recording was done by the father of an old school friend who played Pish Tush (one of the Three Little Maids) just using a hand held mic.
    While it is very scratchy even after being cleaned up and the spoken dialogue is difficult to make out it brings back so many memories.

    1971. A bloody lifetime ago. Mrs Colly was 18, hot as they come, her voice was good, and she got a standing ovation after singing 'There is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast' in a duet with KoKo

    Just been listening to it in the van travelling down to my sons to do some baby sitting.^_^

    Could so easily just been chucked out with all the other junk.
  2. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    1971 you say.

    I wasn't even swimming around my dad's underpants.
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  3. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    My wife was at that school in 1971 she was 14 at the time, 3 years later she was married to me and we had our first son.
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  4. OP

    colly Re member eR

    I bet your dads eyes were all a'twinkle though
  5. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    I was 5 in 1971 :ohmy:
    Quite like the Mikado
    Got a free trip to Millport for doing the scenery for Mikado in secondary school. My friend and I painted the scenery and were treated to a tandem ride around Millport for the day. First and only time on a tandem and great fun, better than a day at school :smile:
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  6. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    1971 is the year I married, first time.
  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Can’t beat a bit of G&S.
  8. Afnug

    Afnug Everything you can imagine is real

    In 1971 I was NNN Nineteen, I too have just discovered some old tape recordings, not as old as the ops, but a couple of cassette's of Alan Bennett's diaries 1980 - 1990, They kept me amused on this mornings turbo 20 miler.
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  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I was all 8 track in '71.
  10. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Holbrooks Coventry
    In 1971 I was 20, not long left the navy and living in a bedsit, not a good time in my life:sad:. Its usually great when stuff like that resurfaces, a few years ago I got given a big boxfull of old photo's, very old, some dating to the 1930's most 1950's 1960's. I had great fun one winter by scanning them all into the computer and trying to work out who were in them.
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  11. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    The school is now houses.
  12. Tail End Charlie

    Tail End Charlie Guru

    My aunt died a few years ago. She had never married and in her house was a picture of a bulldog which the family had in the 1930/40s. I remember my dad saying how he didn't like the dog as you could hear it coming as it panted all the time.
    I was all for throwing it out, but my sister liked the frame so she took it. A few days later she phoned me up very excited as when she took the picture of the dog out, behind it was a photo of the squadron my dad was in in the war (he was a Spitfire pilot) taken the 7th of June 1942. He was 21 and surprisingly looks extremely happy. So I suppose the moral is, only throw something when you've checked it thoroughly. I have the photo now and look at it everyday with a huge sense of relief.
  13. furball

    furball Veteran

    Used to go to Millport on holiday when I was young. Must go back.
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  14. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Armonmy Way
    I was in the orchestra when we did the Mikado at school. Got a very surprising, and even smokier, kiss from the leading lassie during the party after the final night. Never saw her again in my life though.
  15. RealLeeHimself

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    As I’ve been reading this, I’ve not been hearing Gilbert and Sullivan playing in the stereo of my mind, but rather David Bowie,

    “It's a God-awful small affair
    To the girl with the mousy hair
    But her mummy is yelling no
    And her daddy has told her to go...”

    It accompanied a good TV show though.
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